'''Emily Elizabeth Dickinson''' (December 10, 1830 – May 15, 1886) was an American poet
. Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts
. Although part of a prominent family with strong ties to its community, Dickinson lived much of her life highly recluse|introverted
. After studying at the Amherst College#Amherst Academy|Amherst Academy
for seven years in her youth, she briefly attended the Mount Holyoke College|Mount Holyoke Female Seminary
before returning to her family's house in Amherst. Considered an eccentric by locals, she developed a noted penchant for white clothing and became known for her reluctance to greet guests or, later in life, to even leave her bedroom. Dickinson never married, and most friendships between her and others depended entirely upon correspondence.
While Dickinson was a prolific private poet, fewer than a dozen of her nearly 1,800 poems were published during her lifetime.
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